Legislative Update June 2016

From the Legislative Committee:


Free Webinar on the Revised Total Coliform Rule for Small Systems – Tuesday June 28, 2016, 2 PM – 3 PM EST.  Q&A to follow 3:00 to 3:30 PM.  1 CEU offered.  https://www.epa.gov/water-research/small-systems-monthly-webinar-series


Free Webinar on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Source and Treated Drinking Water – Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 2 PM to 3 PM EST.



Free Webinar on Lead and Copper Sampling Requirements and Techniques, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  https://www.epa.gov/water-research/small-systems-monthly-webinar-series



Proposed Regulatory Revisions: Underground Injection Control Regulations (310 CMR 27.00)

View the proposed regulatory amendments:


Public hearings will be conducted under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 30A.

June 28, 2016: MassDEP Central Regional Office, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
June 30, 2016: MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Informational sessions will be held at 10 am preceding the public hearings. Oral and written testimony may be submitted at the Public Hearings.


Proposed Regulatory Revisions: Massachusetts Asbestos Regulation (310 CMR 7.15)

DEP’s Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes:
MassDEP is proposing to amend its Asbestos Regulation (310 CMR 7.15) in two phases. In Phase 1, the Department proposes to address two narrow issues that have been raised by stakeholders:

  • A new section [310 CMR 7.15(12A)] contains specific streamlined requirements for addressing repair and replacement of underground asbestos-cement pipe owned by public and private utilities. These proposed amendments will improve regulatory certainty for the owners and operators of underground asbestos-cement pipes, result in faster and somewhat less expensive projects where this pipe needs to be repaired or replaced, and facilitate improvements in the Commonwealth’s utility infrastructure, while protecting the public and the environment from exposure to released asbestos fibers.
  • A limited set of technical corrections to the 2014 Asbestos Regulation will address questions raised through the EO 562 stakeholder input process and through MassDEP’s outreach efforts for amendments of this regulation that were promulgated in 2014.

View the Proposed Regulatory Amendments:  


Public Hearing Information: Public Hearings will be conducted under the provisions of Chapter 30A of the Massachusetts General Laws on:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Boston — 9:30 AM
MassDEP Headquarters, One Winter Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, (617) 292-5500

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Wilmington — 4:30 PM
MassDEP Northeast Regional Office, 205B Lowell Street (978) 694-3200

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Worcester — 4:30 PM
MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, (508) 767-7683

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Lakeville — 4:30 PM
MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Drive (508) 946-2700

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Springfield — 4:30 PM
Springfield Public Library, Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street
(413) 784-1100


In May, EPA Released Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS.  For more information and Fact Sheet, see:



FY2017 State Budget is in conference committee.  The House and Senate appoint three members each to a “conference committee” to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals.  The conference committee will report a final compromise bill to the House and Senate for a final vote of acceptance in each branch, before being sent to the Governor.

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